“Some of the key issues affecting smallholder farmers’ access to good quality seeds include limited knowledge, lack of access to information, high costs of seeds and a lack of seed laws. These issues came up at a recent two-day Access to Seeds Index workshop held by the Southern African Confederation of Farmers Union (SACAU) and Access to Seeds Foundation (ATSF) in Johannesburg.
The workshop was attended by SACAU member organisations from Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The various farmer organisations were given a platform to learn, share challenges and understand access to seeds in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. The workshop also looked at how the Access to Seeds Index can mitigate these challenges.”
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